It is to be all hand stitched. I did zip this through the machine to hold the cheese cloth in place. (I know! I'll be in trouble for that one!) I chose to do this because I really wanted these fibres, but every time I touched them, they pulled apart or snagged on my fingertips.
Lots of feather stitches and herringbone. I had so much fun making this section. It's like old fishing nets. The knots are like pebbles or seeds... maybe fish eggs?
|much more to stitch on here...|
Here is the piece near the top of the section. It's very light and icy. The turquoise can be sky or frozen seawater in the icebergs. I just love this landscape! Karen encourages us to use a variety of cloths in our piece. I have been saving whites for a winter piece for a long, long time now. The big threads you see are just the basting threads that will be removed later.
Karen's class actually helped my through the creation of my prairie dress. In a couple of her videos, she said, "Nothing is insurmountable. If you dream it up, you can create it." Let me tell you, that was where I paused the video and wrote that down on paper! You know what? She was right. So here I am now, creating my longstanding dream of stitching out an arctic landscape. This is the first big art project where I am not working from photos. I'm working from intuition only. As I stitch, I can't believe how well this is playing out. I see fish bones, ice, dark water, pebbles, broken fishing nets... and I'm reminded of the story of the Inuit deity Sedna. I think this is becoming a shrine to her. If you aren't familiar with her story, you can find one version here. So far, this piece has all the elements: beauty, fragility, rawness, crude harsh cold, and flowing life right through it.
So there you go! That's what I've been up to.
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